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Roseanne Barr Reflects On Life After “Roseanne” (HBO)

Brooklyn, NY (October 16, 2018) – In an new, exclusive interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, Roseanne Barr, creator of the ‘Roseanne’ show, opens up about her life since she was fired by ABC after making racist comments on Twitter about former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett.

After being fired from the award-winning sitcom that she created based off her life in 1988, Roseanne brings VICE News Tonight on HBO inside her home for an intimate look at how she’s been spending her time: organizing photos, sleeping, smoking, and more.

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Roseanne Barr On Getting Fired From Her Show (HBO)

Tonight, The Conners premieres — but without Roseanne Barr

We spoke to her about the events — and tweets — that led to her being fired from ABC.

See the full interview on VICE News Tonight at 7:30 PM EDT on @HBO.

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What Happens When 16 Beto O’Rourke And Ted Cruz Supporters Debate In One Room (HBO)

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Inside The Search Mission For Indonesia’s Tsunami Survivors (HBO)

Authorities say it will take two years to rebuild the Indonesian city of Palu after it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on Sep. 28, which killed at least 2,000 people and injured 4,600. Search and rescue teams were originally given until Oct. 11 to find and retrieve bodies, but the search was extended by a day at the request of survivors. As many as 5,000 people remain missing, meaning whole neighborhoods will be left as mass graves. The earthquake led to a phenomenon known as “liquefaction”, in which soil begins to act like liquid — effectively swallowing and sweeping away entire buildings. Communities were turned into swathes of debris and mud, hampering search and rescue teams that had to wait for heavy machinery to arrive in order to clear access.

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Why North Carolina Can’t Solve Its Hog Poop Problem (HBO)

PINK HILL, N.C. __ Leaning out over a bridge railing, Aaron Harris carefully lowers a basket of empty plastic bottles into the slow-moving Goshen Swamp, where they fill with water the color of weak coffee before he reels them back up.

Harris, an environmental specialist with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, samples the water to understand just how polluted the water is after storms sweep debris and pollution into North Carolina’s low-lying watersheds. But residents worry about one potential source of contamination and it’s also the industry that keeps this region alive: Hog farming.

When storms season hits North Carolina, hog farms are some of the most vulnerable places in the state because most hog farmers here dispose of their hog waste in massive open-pit lagoons.

And North Carolina has already endured its wettest year on record. The saturated ground can’t absorb much more rain, which increases the flooding risk. So the storm that approached the region on Thursday only made things worse.

Torrential rains can send hog waste over the top of the lagoon, where it washes into rivers and streams. Sometimes, the lagoons themselves breach, and hog waste spills into the groundwater. During Florence, both happened, with at least 50 flooded lagoons and two breaches.

Catastrophic flooding aside, neighbors say hog farms also present a regular nuisance to their quality of life. That’s in part because of the lagoons, but mostly because of how hog farms traditionally dispose of their waste: Letting the solids settle to the bottom and spraying the floating liquid effluvia onto their fields.

That’s hog feces, hog urine and hog blood, sprayed in clouds sometimes just a few yards from someone’s house. For Elsie Herring, the stink is constant.

“We don’t come outside much, you know. And we don’t open the windows because the odor — you can’t keep the odor out, whether you open the windows or not, you just can’t,” said Herring, perched in a rocking chair on her pink house’s front porch as another spray cloud blew onto her property. “You can smell it now, can’t you.”

Herring is one of 500 plaintiffs suing Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. The plaintiffs claim Smithfield’s waste-management practice of storing hog shit in lagoons and then spraying it onto fields severely reduces their quality of life.

Nearly every hog farmer in North Carolina is a contract farmer, meaning the agribusiness corporations own the pigs and the farmers own the waste. Morris Murphy has 15,000 head of Smithfield hog on his land in Duplin County, and says the nuisance lawsuits are baseless.

While hog farms do smell, Murphy says, it’s not bad enough to affect his neighbors. His lagoons are open pits, and on a sunny morning in mid-October, didn’t present much of a smell, even just a few feet away.

He’s not being sued, but his friends are. He says at least one fellow hog farmer had his hogs taken back by Smithfield after a lawsuit.

Hog farmers say they can’t afford to operate without open-pit lagoons, and agribusiness conglomerates haven’t shown much willingness to pay to cover the lagoons — an expensive proposition that includes a whole separate system to deal with the biogasses produced by the covered hog poop.

“Personally I think the system’s fine,” Morris said. “Someone needs to come here and prove to me that what I’m doing is bad for the environment before I feel like I need to change it.”

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Civilian Deaths Are On The Rise In Afghanistan. We Spoke To Those In The Crossfire. (HBO)

The number of civilian deaths this year is the highest point on record– the most recorded in the period over the last decade since the agency began documentation.

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What West Virginia Swing Voters Think About Manchin’s Kavanaugh Vote (HBO)

West Virginians had been led by Democrats for decades, but they overwhelmingly backed President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. It’s that political reality that democratic Senator Joe Manchin lives in as he faces a re-election fight against West Virginia State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

In most states, Trump’s overwhelming popularity would mean a democratic senator wouldn’t have a chance, but Manchin has more than a chance. According to one of the latest polls out of the state, which was conducted before Manchin voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the senator was beating his opponent by eight points.

So what is it about West Virginian voters that allows them to walk a line between support for Trump and support for Manchin and how did Manchin’s vote for Kavanaugh affect their view of the Senator?

Frank Luntz, a veteran Republican pollster, convened a group of 12 swing voters in West Virginia to try to answer that question. People who were chosen to participate either had to have voted for both republican and democratic presidential candidates in the last three elections or if they’ve only voted Republican in presidential elections, needed to have expressed support for Manchin himself. The focus group was conducted on the evening of October 5th, after Manchin had announced he would be supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Some saw his vote for Kavanaugh as a nakedly political move, while others said it means he’s listening to his constituents. But no one seemed particularly happy about the state of politics right now or their choices for Senator.

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The Man Taking Voodoo Wrestling Worldwide (Preview) | VICE on HBO

Catch Fétiche — loosely translated, “voodoo wrestling” — is a uniquely Congolese fighting style: a combination of traditional African wrestling moves, old religious practices, and one man’s obsession with Hulk Hogan.

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Meet The Women Confronting Senators Over Kavanaugh (HBO)

Recently, Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on camera being confronted in a U.S. Senate elevator by women who wanted to talk to him about sexual assault and Brett Kavanaugh.

The moment went viral. It was not an accident. Women opposed to Kavanaugh have an organized effort to confront Senators all over the Capitol, all day long. Their sherpa is Melissa Byrne, a former Bernie staffer who is now spending her days making sure women know where to find Senators so they can give them a piece of their mind.

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Sandra Lee shares breast cancer journey in new doc

(5 Oct 2018) TV chef Sandra Lee is sharing her personal experience with breast cancer in a new HBO documentary. Her goal is to lead to early cancer detection with others. (Oct. 5)

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